Thursday, 26 July 2012

As promised... : 26 July 2012

As promised, here are some of dad's sketches from The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus...

© Terry Gilliam© Terry Gilliam

... and a page of his rough storyboards:

© Terry Gilliam

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Discovery of the day: 24 July 2012

I am surrounded by piles of dad's storyboards & doodles from The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus which I need to organise... Hopefully I'll have some treats to share tomorrow.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Discovery of the day: 23 July 2012

OMG! I just opened up a trunk to discover a pile of dusty, old 16mm film, including some of dad's early attempts at animation, a short film him & his friends made in NYC in the 1960s and a film can labelled "Beware of the Elephants" (gem!)... Digital scanning facilities here I come (I hope the film hasn't faded too much)!

More from "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life": 23 July 2012

I've dug up and dusted off some more fabulous pieces from "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" opening titles:

And an original script...

Friday, 20 July 2012

Discoveries of the day: 20 July 2012

So I went a little off piste today and dived into some of the Monty Python's The Meaning of Life material.  I found incredible orignial illustrations and cut-outs for the opening titles animation sequence. 

Here's the "She Dragon"...

And something a little more iconic...

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Discovery of the day: 19 July 2012

Came across these tiny cut-out pieces for the opening titles of Monty Python's Flying Circus.  Hand drawn, hand painted and hand cut-out by Mr Gilliam himself! 

Today's piles: 19 July 2012

Today I am conquering some of the drawers that are overflowing with material from the original Monty Python's Flying Circus series.  Here's a snapshot of what I'm working with...

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Discovery of the day: 18 July 2012

Discovery of the day:  Original artwork for Monty Python & the Holy Grail - cut out animation pieces for the opening credits and animation sequences.  Here's a taster...

The beginning...

In October 2011 I took on the mamouth task of organising my father's archive - all his work from pre-Python days, as a cartoonist, photojournalist & assistnat editor for Help! magazine, through all his original artwork and cut-outs for Python animation, posters, logos and generally everything Python, to his storyboards, designs and sketches for his feature films and other non-film related projects (including his opera of "Faust" and that infamous Nike commercial).  Why!? Because I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by my father's amazing work all my life and I think it should be seen by everyone so I am organising the archive so it can eventually be put in a book and an exhibition.  Along the (dusty) way I have uncovered absolute gems.  I have set up this blog to share my journey and some of the "gems" I find along the way... Enjoy.